Definition of Oblige

1. Verb. Force somebody to do something. "They oblige him to write the letter"; "We compel all students to fill out this form"

Exact synonyms: Compel, Obligate
Specialized synonyms: Force, Thrust, Walk, Coerce, Force, Hale, Pressure, Squeeze, Clamor, Condemn, Shame, Apply, Enforce, Implement, Enforce, Impose
Generic synonyms: Cause, Get, Have, Induce, Make, Stimulate
Causes: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Compulsion, Obligation, Obligation



2. Verb. Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted. "I'll hold you by your promise"
Exact synonyms: Bind, Hold, Obligate
Specialized synonyms: Pledge, Article, Indent, Indenture, Tie Down
Generic synonyms: Relate
Derivative terms: Bind, Obligation, Obligation, Obligation

3. Verb. Provide a service or favor for someone. "We had to oblige him"
Exact synonyms: Accommodate
Generic synonyms: Abide By, Comply, Follow
Derivative terms: Accommodation, Accommodative, Accommodator, Obligation, Obliger
Antonyms: Disoblige

Definition of Oblige

1. v. t. To attach, as by a bond.

Definition of Oblige

1. Verb. (transitive) To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation). ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To be indebted to someone. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To do a service or favour. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Oblige

1. to put in one's debt by a favor or service [v OBLIGED, OBLIGING, OBLIGES]

Medical Definition of Oblige

1. 1. To attach, as by a bond. "He had obliged all the senators and magistrates firmly to himself." (Bacon) 2. To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something. "The obliging power of the law is neither founded in, nor to be measured by, the rewards and punishments annexed to it." (South) "Religion obliges men to the practice of those virtues which conduce to the preservation of our health." (Tillotson) 3. To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate. "Thus man, by his own strength, to heaven would soar, And would not be obliged to God for more." (Dryden) "The gates before it are brass, and the whole much obliged to Pope Urban VIII." (Evelyn) "I shall be more obliged to you than I can express." (Mrs. E. Montagu) Origin: OF. Obligier, F.obliger, L. Obligare; ob (see Ob-) + ligare to bind. See Ligament, and cf. Obligate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Oblige

obligatees
obligately
obligates
obligati
obligating
obligation
obligational
obligations
obligato
obligator
obligatorily
obligatoriness
obligators
obligatory
obligatos
oblige (current term)
obliged
obliged(p)
obligee
obligees
obligement
obligements
obliger
obligers
obliges
obliging
obligingly
obligingness
obligingnesses
obligor

Literary usage of Oblige

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1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: In the by John Tracy Atkyns, Philip Yorke Hardwicke, William Newnam, Great Britain Court of Chancery (1781)
"... would oblige the owner of the ground to permit the ... win oblige the building to enjoy it quietly ..."

2. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini (1920)
"... this will oblige me to depart from Florence, and my enemies will begin at once to pour contempt upon my Perseus, which I have announced as a masterpiece ..."

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